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Fashion London Calling: Olivia Buckingham’s London Fashion Week SS18 Diary

London Calling: Olivia Buckingham’s London Fashion Week SS18 Diary

London Calling: Olivia Buckingham’s London Fashion Week SS18 Diary
By Olivia Buckingham
September 22, 2017
From sharing dim sum with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to front row views at Peter Pilotto, Huishan Zhang and Tommy Hilfiger... follow our guest editor, Olivia Buckingham, and live vicariously through her as she takes us to some of the most coveted shows and parties at London Fashion Week
Bringing the bling in Gucci sunglasses , Isabel Marant earring and H&M faux fur coat
Bringing the bling in Gucci sunglasses , Isabel Marant earring and H&M faux fur coat

Having flown 12 hours via Helsinki to London, I was delighted to be greeted with open arms by Blakes Hotel.

With 5 suitcases in hand, I can’t explain how happy I was to fall into bed that night after unpacking.

Emerald green gown by Ralph & Russo to wear to the show
Emerald green gown by Ralph & Russo to wear to the show

I started my London Fashion Week Friday at a fitting at the house of Ralph & Russo in Mayfair before heading back to Blakes to change into my green goddess gown. It was then off to the highly anticipated inaugural pret a porter show for Ralph & Russo...

Ralph & Russo
Ralph & Russo

Couture gowns by Ralph & Russo at their Maison in Mayfair, London.

En route to JW Anderson

Cords, toggles and torso at JW Anderson
Cords, toggles and torso at JW Anderson

Next up was JW Anderson. He stripped it all back to paired down comfort—homey fabrics, a clean colour palette and even some midriff-baring looks for the fashionably bold.

Spotted: Tina Leung in Molly Goddard and Susie Bubble

Tulle, silk, satin and lace at Simone Rocha
Tulle, silk, satin and lace at Simone Rocha

Simone Rocha, on the other hand, went full-on Victorian in her details with princess sleeves, Peter Pan collars, floral detailing and lace trimmings.

Pool Side Parade at Markus Lupfer
Pool Side Parade at Markus Lupfer

The Markus Lupfer presentation was held against a backdrop of white balloons while models lounged around like they were in a Slim Arrons photograph. Key silhouettes to note: cropped high-waisted trousers are all the rage, and when it comes to sunglasses, the bigger the better.

Arne Eggers and I at Markus Lupfer 

Asian invasion at China Tang
Asian invasion at China Tang

Wrapped up my night at China Tang with my Hong Kong pals Veronica Chou, Arne Eggers and Tina Leung for some dim sum, and we were sitting next to none other than the legendary Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell dining with the new British Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Edward Enniful.

Alice temperly show space wearing Topshop, MSGM, fendi bag and Gucci shoes
Alice temperly show space wearing Topshop, MSGM, fendi bag and Gucci shoes

No rest for the wicked, Sunday’s schedule was packed! I started my morning at the Alice Temperley show, who stayed true to her bohemian aesthetic.

Sequins and Tulle at Alice Temperley.

Pastel and Pearls at Topshop
Pastel and Pearls at Topshop

It was daytime disco at Topshop—sparkle is here to stay!

Jordan Dunn sashaying down the runway for Topshop.

Limited edition bespoke t-shirt by Topshop

Drinks with Ran Ran Chen at Chiltern Firehouse
Drinks with Ran Ran Chen at Chiltern Firehouse

Didn’t have time to grab lunch, but managed a quick pit stop at Chiltern Firehouse with actor Mark Luu and his girlfriend Ran Ran Chen. Cocktails and canapes were my only sustenance today. 

Peter Pilotto town house
Peter Pilotto town house

Dinner at the Peter Pilotto townhouse followed shortly after, but what really fueled me were the art installations which were an array of collaborations set through the three floor town house.

Lux leisure wear by Peter Pilotto.

It was all about pastel at Peter Pilotto.

Rainbow finale at Peter Pilotto
Rainbow finale at Peter Pilotto

 

Peter Pilotto was an explosion of color—rainbow hues on stripes, pastel lace and even a luxe shell suit.

Karla Otto at the 10th Anniversary of COS.

A night at the museum – COS 10 year anniversary at the national gallery
A night at the museum – COS 10 year anniversary at the national gallery

Wrapped up my day with an event at the National Gallery, which was a toast to the 10th anniversary of COS. Paired down, easy-to-wear pieces coupled with a private viewing of their most notable works including Van Gogh’s sunflowers. A perfect nightcap.

Pringle setting of wild scotland
Pringle setting of wild scotland

I spent my Monday morning at the Pringle of Scotland show.

Hand woven tassels at Pringle of Scotland
Hand woven tassels at Pringle of Scotland

It was a departure from the argyle patterns and cashmere sweaters that the house has become synonymous with, but what we saw were beautiful silhouettes; long, lean and sculptural on soft semi-sheer knits.

Angelica Cheung and myself at Huishan Zhangs mount street store opening
Angelica Cheung and myself at Huishan Zhangs mount street store opening

Next appointment on the agenda is Huishan Zhang. His '60s inspired presentation was pure decadence—large disc paillettes, flowy feathers and maximum tulle.

Huishan Zhang
Huishan Zhang

Shimmer and sparkle at Huishan Zhang.

Huishan Zhang
Huishan Zhang

Tulle and Shine at Huishan Zhang.

Spotted: Veronica Chou and Huishan Zhang at his store opening.

David Koma structured ruffles
David Koma structured ruffles

David Koma takes the route of futuristic sportswear but with a feminine touch.

Merging of couture and athleisure at David Koma
Merging of couture and athleisure at David Koma

Larger than life ruffles were added to cut-out dresses, while lace suit separates were accented with snap fastenings along the leg.

Fantasy footwear at Sophia Webster
Fantasy footwear at Sophia Webster

Accessories designer Sophia Webster transported us to a forest wonderland with stilettos featuring floating petals and gem-encrusted heels.

Sophia Webster
Sophia Webster

Adorned and embellished at Sophia Webster.

Sophia Webster
Sophia Webster

Woodland nymph inspired shoes at Sophia Webster.

Sophia Webster
Sophia Webster

Petal Platform at Sophia Webster

Poppy Delevingne and Alice Naylor Leyland at the Tommy x Gigi fashion event at the Roundhouse in Campden
Poppy Delevingne and Alice Naylor Leyland at the Tommy x Gigi fashion event at the Roundhouse in Campden

The night didn’t end at dinner. Afterwards, we headed over to the Love Magazine party which was co-hosted by The Muppets and my good friend, Poppy Delevingne. Lou Lous was transformed into a Galactic Disco for the one-night-only affair.

Gigi Hadid closing the Tommy Now show
Gigi Hadid closing the Tommy Now show

Saving the best for last! Tommy Hilfiger finished LFW is with a BANG with Hilfiger’s Rock Circus to celebrate the new Tommy x Gigi collection. The venue was packed with Gigi’s famous friends, who rocked the catwalk, as well as a special performance by The Chainsmokers.

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